Maya Wiley Releases Plan To Restore Ethics in Government

Wiley: New Yorkers deserve better and I pledge to be the ethical leader they deserve, which is why I am releasing my plan for restoring ethics in government

NEW YORK – Today, in front of Governor Cuomo’s midtown Manhattan office, New York City mayoral candidate Maya Wiley released her plan to restore ethics to city government, which includes slamming shut the revolving door by expanding the ban on lobbying, empowering the Conflicts of Interest Board, and prohibiting government staff from being paid to do personal or political work for an elected official who they work for in a personal capacity. The plan would establish clear rules for a Wiley administration and would begin restoring trust in government that’s been lacking following Governor Cuomo’s ongoing scandals.

Maya Wiley said: “New Yorkers should be able to trust their leaders and receive transparency and honesty at a bare minimum. Governor Cuomo got $4 million for writing a fictitious tale about his pandemic heroism while thousands of New Yorkers suffered and died. It’s no wonder that New Yorkers have lost faith in their government. It’s no wonder that people think politicians are out for themselves, and not the people who elected them. It’s no wonder that New Yorkers are worried about how we are going to reimagine a better future coming out of the pandemic. New Yorkers deserve better and I pledge to be the ethical leader they deserve.”

A Wiley Administration will:

  • Outside Income: Ensure that New York City’s rules regarding outside income prohibit any elected official from being paid with City tax dollars to write a book. I will insist that my Conflicts of Interest Board appointees scrutinize any such book project proposed by a City official or employee.

 

  • Political Work: Prohibit government staff from being paid to do personal or political work for an elected official who they work for in a personal capacity.

 

  • Empower COIB: Empower the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board by providing the agency with the resources it needs to conduct proper oversight and enforcement. The Conflict of Interest Board’s budget has been cut for the last two years. We cannot expect real enforcement without appropriate resources.

 

  • Revolving Door: Stop the revolving door by expanding and extending the ban on lobbying so that any person who works for my administration is prohibited from lobbying my administration for the duration of my administration.

 

  • Transparency: Disclose the details of any meeting I have with a lobbyist or any donor to my campaign where the discussion involves any City business.

 

  • Build Coalitions: Support the goals of a good government and civic coalition calling for ethics reform at the State level.

Maya has been endorsed by 1199SEIU, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assembly Member and DNC Vice Chair Michael Blake, Assembly Member Deborah Glick, Assembly Member Khaleel Anderson, Assembly Member Latoya Joyner, Council Members Helen Rosenthal and Steve Levin, and former City Council Member Jimmy Vacca. She has also received the endorsement of the New York Progressive Action Network (NYPAN) and Democracy For America.

Since entering the race, Wiley has put out a number of policy proposals, including her New Deal New York, a piece of her economic vision that will create 100,000 jobs; a plan to save small business; a Universal Community Care plan to provide $5,000 grants for the 100,000 most in-need New York City Caregivers; her Community First Climate Plan; a proposal to combat gun violence; and a plan to fight evictions.